Saturday, November 20th was the opening night of our 8th Annual INSPIRED Exhibition, and Small Works Store in our Project Room Gift Shop. A total of 84 artists and over 210 works of art are represented in our final show of the year reserved exclusively for current Arist Council members.
our artists in their own words
We asked participating artists to share their thoughts on the INSPIRED experience, whether this was their first time being in the show or if they had already been in every member exhibition over the last eight years. They were generous in their responses, and here are just some of the things they had to say:
"Inspired, the air is ripe with imagination... and if your focus is in alignment with the greater good... positive actions taken with good timing will meet with beauty and success." - Moira Lumpkin
"The HBAC gallery is so beautifully and professionally curated and installed. I am so looking forward to this year's show with fellow artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts in attendance." - Janice Orr
"Inspiration comes from exhibiting with a center whose philosophies align with my own - strength of community, giving back, and incredible art education programs." - Susan Stone
"I’m so excited to return and be part of the Inspired member exhibition. Not only do I get to present one of my art pieces, but I will get to be inspired by artworks of the other members." - Joy Roth
"As a new member... I am delighted to have my work being shown with all the amazing work from the other members in the Inspired exhibition... it's an honor to be part of this group." - Diane Ortlieb
"The HBAC Annual Inspired show pushes me to be even more creative... when you have a show called Inspired it makes me think more about the meaning of my submission." - Dennis Crane
"This annual event represents lots of opportunities for local artists... If you enjoy viewing new art, the Inspired exhibition 2021 promises to be as much fun as it is artistically inspired." - Greg Van Krugel
"This is my first exhibition anywhere and I am beyond excited to be in such talented company. Seeing everyone's art is inspiring and humbling." -Shellie Sylla
Gratitude to our community
Thank you to all of our Artist Council members and our visitors and supporters. You have made this annual event possible once again. 2021 has proven to be a year that shows no matter what the circumstances, we can come together as a community to appreciate art, support one another, and always be INSPIRED.
a pop-up success for the art center
Surf City Arts Fest adapted to new situations in 2021 by moving the annual fine arts fair indoors - and with great success! Instead of setting up under canopies at Triangle Park for one day this year, 31 artists submitted over 145 works of art to display in the HBAC Project Room Gift Shop for thirty days this October.
A virtual store was also set up on the Art Center website to allow people to view and purchase artwork online. This allowed an even larger audience to see what our local artists have been producing, and provided a quick and convenient way for patrons to buy artwork without having to leave their home.
a spotlight on sales
Not only does all of the artwork beautify our Project Room this month, but as of this blog post 20 artworks have sold in a variety of media. Art Center patrons have purchased ceramics, jewelry, textiles, paintings, woodwork and assemblage pieces from the shop since it opened on October 1st. The variety of artwork available speaks to the talent of the artists and their broad base of experience. Here are the works that have sold so far:
Since this new pop-up shop has been a success for Surf City Arts Fest, the Art Center has decided to bring it back in conjunction with the upcoming INSPIRED 2021 exhibition!
Beginning November 20th, patrons will be able to purchase small works in the gift shop made by artists exhibiting in the main galleries. These small works can be brought home immediately after purchase too - no need to wait until the end of the exhibit to have them, or to give as a gift during the holiday season.
Thank you to all of the artists participating in our first pop-up shop, and to all those who have visited to support it. We look forward to bringing this experience to the community more often during other upcoming events and exhibitions.
This year’s Family Arts Day is just around the corner! Join us at the Art Center on Sunday, October 10th from 11am – 4pm for an afternoon of arts, performance, food, and more! Here is a sneak peak of some of the highlights of this year’s event:
DANCE AND GROOVE WITH FRED THOMKE AND ROSEWOOD
WHEEL THROWING WITH ANNA CHOE & ALEXANDRO VERGARA
Get your hands muddy and learn to throw a ceramic pot on the wheel! Our skilled ceramic instructors Anna Choe and Alexandro Vergara will lead you through the steps to center, pull, and shape a small clay vessel that you can take home to air dry.
PAPERMAKING WITH GLORIA FLICKINGER
INTRODUCING ONE OF OUR NEWEST INSTRUCTORS- ARTIST SARAH MCCOURT!
We welcome artist Sarah McCourt to participate as one of our instructors for Family Arts Day! She will be facilitating a wonderful painting activity where participants will get to paint their own tote bags to take home. She will begin teaching painting classes with us in Spring of 2022, so stop by, say hello, and think about enrolling in her Spring courses!
SURF CITY ARTS FEST POP UP SHOP
Pop in our Project Room to see over 130 artworks available for sale by 29 local artists! There are some unbelievable paintings, sculptures, stained glass works, mixed-media pieces, ceramics, and more. Our Pop Up shop is open for browsing and shopping until October 30th. To see a preview of all the works available, make sure to visit the page on our website: https://www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org/surf-city-arts-fest-pop-up-shop.html
Some of the other events include weaving, mixed media art, paper mosaics, tissue paper art, leaf prints, a scavenger hunt for a chance to win an art prize, and more! Bring your family and friends and stop by this coming Sunday for a dose of inspiration, play, and creativity!